Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Different Types of Vehicle Collisions and How to Avoid Them

PEKIN, Ill.,–– According to the National Safety Council, in 2016, over 4.6 million people were injured in car accidents last year. At Velde Ford, your safety is our biggest priority. We want our customers to maintain their and their passenger's safety and prepare themselves for any vehicle situation on and off the road. We've put together a list of different types of vehicle collisions and how to avoid them to reduce your chances of getting into a car accident. While, in some cases, it can be impossible to stop an accident from occurring, this list should help remind you to remain alert and ready to reduce or prevent an accident.

Different Types of Vehicle Collisions and How to Avoid Them

Single Car Accidents

Single car accidents are exactly as they sound, because they only involve one vehicle. These types of accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, from runaway deer to slippery roads, but usually occur when drivers aren't paying attention or aren't properly adjusting their driving to the condition of the road. These types of accidents can cause a wide range of damage and injury depending on the impact point and severity of the accident, but are one of the most preventable types collisions. Remaining alert and utilizing your mirrors, windshield wipers, lights and high-beams, and keeping close watch of warning signs and nearby drivers can help to reduce the chances of a single car accident from occurring.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident and occur when one driver hits another from behind, typically causing damage to both vehicles. Depending on the speed of the rear-ender, damages can be very minor or potentially very costly and can even deploy airbags. The vehicle that rear-ends another usually receives more damage, and in some instances, can severely damage critical components of their vehicle. The best way to prevent rear-end collisions from happening is by keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. Keep your eyes on the road to avoid any potential distractions, and be prepared to brake in emergencies or when following other drivers closely in traffic. 

Side-Impact Collisions

Better known as "T-bone" or "broadside" collisions, side-impact collisions are when the side of one vehicle is hit by the front of another. The speed of both vehicles and the angle at which the side-impacter hits the other vehicle can cause potentially extreme vehicle damage and injuries to persons within the vehicles. These types of collisions can be very expensive and dangerous, because they typically involve body work in repair, and are most likely to occur at intersections and stops. Going slow and paying attention to other drivers, even during green lights, is the best way to prevent side-impact collisions.

Sideswipe Collisions

Different from side-impact collisions, sideswipe collisions happen when two vehicles driving parallel to one another touch and "swipe" each other. The damage range for sideswipe collisions is entirely dependent on the direction both vehicles are heading, the speed, and the impact itself. If both vehicles are traveling in the same direction and neither lose any control, they may only suffer minor cosmetic damage. However, if they're going separate directions, it can cause vehicles to lose control and spin into objects or other vehicles, causing property damage and personal injury. To avoid these types of collisions, keep an eye on your blind spots before switching lanes and make sure to avoid vehicles you see that are swerving or driving close to or over the lane lines. 

Multi-Car Pileups

Involving two or more vehicles, multi-car pileups are most likely to happen on highways and freeways. Multi-car pileups can occur vey quickly and can be among the most expensive types of accidents due to the multi-risk factor. They can potentially cause fires, severe injuries, and costly damage or vehicle totaling. If you're involved in this type of collision, stay in your vehicle to avoid the risk of getting injured from what's happening outside. Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and being aware of the road's condition will greatly reduce your risk of getting in a multi-car pileup. Remaining attentive of all situations will ensure your safety on the highway.

We know that it's impossible to predict the behavior of other drivers, but informing yourself on different types of vehicle collisions and how to avoid them will increase your safety on the road and minimize your chances of getting into an accident. If you happen to find yourself in an accident and need auto body repair or collision services, we'd be happy to help! Your insurance company cannot tell you where to go for repairs. It's your choice, so choose the best! You can schedule a free collision repair estimate online, or by giving our friendly team a call. 

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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